Cardiovascular Disease

  • Thierry TroostersEmail author
Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM)


Many patients who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) also suffer or even die from cardiovascular morbidity. Some authors have estimated the percentage of patients with COPD who die of cardiovascular reasons to be in the range of 12–37%. The most prevalent cardiovascular comorbidities are acute myocardial infarction, arrhythmia, chronic heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, and stroke, all of which are more prevalent in patients with COPD compared to the non-COPD population. It is no surprise that patients who suffer from COPD have increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.


COPD Cardiovascular disease Comorbidity Acute myocardial infarction Arrhythmia Chronic heart failure Peripheral vascular disease Stroke 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Respiratory DivisionUniversity Hospital GasthuisbergLeuvenBelgium

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